Things you can do with dice

I’m amazed at the creativity of the people who put together this video clip. I’d never have thought of common-or-garden dice as a medium of artistic expression . . . which goes to show why I’m no artist! Very inventive and creative. Peter

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A caution about the Humane Society of the US

Farmgirl has a very timely post up about the fund-raising activities of the Humane Society of the United States. (I don’t want to dignify that organization by linking to it from my blog, and the Wikipedia entry about it appears to have been written and/or edited by supporters – it doesn’t give a balanced review.) The HSUS is one of those organizations that tugs at our heartstrings with its appeals, but appears to waste much of what it receives on administration (as in, over three-quarters of donations!) and a political agenda that’s often at odds with the interests of many

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Steampunk rampant!

A BBC report drew my attention to a recently-concluded exhibition of Steampunk at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. In this video clip the Museum’s Director and others introduce us to the exhibition. There were some weird, wacky and wonderful exhibits on display. Here are photographs of a few of them. The Museum also organized a live mannequin steampunk event on January 30th, which drew some . . . er . . . interesting characters! I’d have loved to have been able to visit that exhibition! Perhaps next time . . . Meanwhile, those who like

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Doofus Of The Day #338

Today’s winner is from England. One dozy thief has been dubbed a ‘numbskull’ after stealing a handbag from a police officer – in a bar full of police officers. Mark Jimenez eyed up laptops and bags, even while uniformed constables were arriving at the leaving do for Inspector Penny Mills. The 46-year-old still went ahead and pinched a handbag during a speech before being rugby tackled and surrounded by 40 officers. The incident happened at the Elk bar, just doors away from Fulham police station in west London. Jimenez was a ‘numbskull’, said cllr Greg Smith, member for crime on

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The insidious danger of State-run health care

The Daily Mail has published an outstanding article on how the British have become less resilient, more dependent, since the establishment of the National Health Service after World War II. In the light of Obamacare, it contains much that might be considered prophetic for the USA. Here’s an extract. The brass band from Yorkshire Main Colliery assembled outside the doctor’s surgery in Edlington, South Yorkshire, and began to play. From the window above fluttered a Union Jack; below, the doctor handed out drinks to the puffing bandsmen. It was July 5, 1948, the first day of a new era: the

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But what’s the point???

I stumbled across this Web site in the process of wandering around the Internet. They sell this stuff. I’m still trying to figure out the utility of lighted underwear. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I thought that underwear was . . . well, underwear! I can’t imagine what good lights would do beneath covering garments – and then there’s the risk of electric shock . . . If you want to do a Superman or a Batman and wear your underwear outside your clothing (and how the hell did the designers of those characters come up with that idea, anyway???), it’s

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‘Ring Tone Therapy’???

Ever heard of it? The BBC has. Across Japan the arrival of spring is bringing out the cherry blossom but it is also making people reach for their handkerchiefs as, at this time of year, hay fever is rife. A company called the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory has developed what it claims is a cure. For relief, sufferers need only wait for a call on their mobile phone. The sound is supposed to dislodge pollen if the user holds the handset up to their nose. Another of the so-called therapeutic ring tones is for those trying to lose weight. The

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Doofus Of The Day #337

Today’s Doofi are from Connecticut. Police in Connecticut say even they were surprised by the actions of these criminals: two would-be robbers called a bank ahead of time to get the money ready and were arrested at the scene. Fairfield police say they arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey and an unidentified 16-year-old boy on robbery and threatening charges Tuesday afternoon at the People’s United Bank branch on Stratfield Road. Sgt. James Perez says the two Bridgeport residents called the bank and told a worker to get a bag of money ready. Perez says they showed up at the bank 10 minutes

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History comes to life

Back on March 14th I reported on the sale of a collection of British World War II propaganda posters. One of them was this: The Daily Mail reports that the man pictured in the poster has been identified. The dashing young airman who became the poster boy of the RAF during World War II has been revealed – 65 year after the conflict ended. Squadron Leader Ian Blair, now 91, was 22 years old when the famous snap was taken in 1940 after his daring flying in north Africa earned him a medal. But he didn’t realise his fame until

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